Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Imperial Principal

The side-effects of mayoral control are many. While a lot of people, including UFT President Randi Weingarten, thought it was a great idea to reject checks and balances, it's questionable whether this has benefited teachers. One undeniable consequence of Mr. Bloomberg's "reform" agenda was placing more power in the hands of principals.

In fact, principals can apparently dump entire departments into the rubber room nowadays. You don't like that Spanish department? Are they playing with castanets when they're supposed to be utilizing the workshop model? Are they arrogantly using words you don't understand? Those bastards.

Even if you can't sustain the charges, at least you get rid of them for a few years. They won't even know what you charged them with for months on end. Some of them will be so forlorn from sitting in the room that they could resign. And by the time they come back, perhaps you yourself will have retired.

And if they do get out early, you can always just send 'em back. It's not like the high-stakes tests that determine your merit pay bonuses are in Spanish. Who the hell do they think they are with all those accent marks and squiggly lines anyway?

Thanks to Schoolgal
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